Document 603

Being Intimate

Author(s): Maureen Sangster

Copyright holder(s): Maureen Sangster


O when ye pit yer hand doon
tae the place it fits
it feels like gid sweet sherry works
bamboozlin tae the wits

I've rin oot frae ma human coat
I'm like a plant that slips
I'm slippin frae the tabletop
Ma pot'll drop! Ma pot'll drop!

I hae three breasts upon ma chest
Yer sweet head's one o them
Ye flung ma jumper far enough
but now ye're makin friends

I hae a flight o seagulls
that's liftin through ma head
O catch their wings, those lovely things
and tuck yer hands beneath
their soft white breasts

You curve ma back
I shape yer arm
We're sure of what we do
We're rapidly escapin frae
a box o a bedroom

The angles are a altered
the ceilin's bashin through
O knobble nibble knobble
knobble knobble nibble noo!

That window looks fair gackit
Has it got a new view too?
Instead o streets an city muck
does it look to frothy blue?

For I feel we are on holiday
nae in a city pit
so unrestrained
let's begin again
being intimate

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Information about Document 603

Being Intimate


Text audience

General public
Audience size 1000+

Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1984
Word count 193

Text medium


Text publication details

Publisher Scottish Cultural Press
Publication year 1997
Place of publication Edinburgh
ISBN/ISSN 189821865X
Edition 1st

Text setting

Other Written initially for own pleasure.

Text type



Author details

Author id 249
Forenames Maureen
Surname Sangster
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1950
Educational attainment University
Age left school 18
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Place of birth Aberdeen
Region of birth Aberdeen
Birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Kirkcaldy
Region of residence Fife
Residence CSD dialect area Fif
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Teacher
Father's place of birth St Fergus
Father's region of birth Buchan
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Buchan
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Teacher
Mother's place of birth Skene
Mother's region of birth Aberdeen
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes For general use
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes In Scots-speaking company. Poetry writing/readings